Slideshow: Father's Day Contest

June 12, 2014 4:30 pm  • 

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries to the NWI Communities Father's Day Contest! Browse through to read about why these local dads rock. Congrats to Amanda Bucsko and her dad Alan Bayless for winning the contest!

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  • There was this one day when I was a kid that I remember clear as day. The house we lived at was maybe a block away from Reavis Elementary School in Lansing. My dad took me to the park to play. Neither of my brothers joined us. It was just the two of us and my stuffed bunny, and I was thrilled.

    We spent most of our time on the swings. He would push me as high as he could, then run underneath me while I was flying high. We called it "the underdog." My mom probably would've cringed at the sight of this while my dad and I laughed and did it again.

    Later when we walked home, I noticed my bunny was starting to tear at the neck and showed my dad. As soon as we go home, he took my bunny into emergency surgery and sewed it right back up. I didn't know my dad was a stuffed animal doctor or that he knew how to sew, but he did a pretty darn good job.

    He was my hero that day. He's been the hero many times since then, too. Like that one time I accidentally killed the battery of my car when I was downtown and he showed me how to jump start it. Or the time after that when he showed me how to jump start my car again.

    Now that I've shared my story about how my dad is simply the best dad around, it's time for you to read why these other local dads are awesome! Residents shared their stories with NWI Communities as part of the NWI Communities Father's Day Contest. We have some excellent prizes lined up for the winner, too.

  • The term hero is thrown around quite easily these days.

    Many of us think our fathers are the greatest but I had no idea mine was a real hero until I had a conversation with a man that told me "you're Dad saved my life in Vietnam and without him, I wouldn't be here talking to you."

    You see, Nam or the Army wasn't talked about in our house-EVER! I didn't even know my Dad was there until I was quite older. Growing up, I never understood why he couldn't sleep at night and why he had all those violent nightmares.

    After years of healing and his reunion with many of the men in his unit, my Dad started to embrace and talk about his experiences. Although he never talks in great detail, he is proud to have served our country and it is nice to see perfect strangers come up to him and thank him for serving so many years later.

    Yes, I am proud that my father was a Bronze Star recipient, but I am more proud that he made the time to hide his pain all these years and became a great father to me and my sister. And I'm even more proud that he is raising my 3-year old son Anthony.

    Now that I've shared my story about how my dad,it's time for you to read why these other local dads are awesome! Residents shared their stories with NWI Communities as part of the NWI Communities Father's Day Contest. We have some excellent prizes lined up for the winner, too.

  • Daddy I miss you so, so much

    Your hugs, your warm tender touch

    I miss playing with you outside

    Or you givin’ me a piggy back ride

    I loved the times when we went fishin’

    How you’d watch me skate around the kitchen

    I miss us goin’ horseback ridin’

    I’d ride my bike while you are guiding

    Going to carnivals and different conventions

    Too young to understand you needed an intervention

    You went to AA, we went to Al anon

    Next thing you know, you were gone

    I don’t know why you had to go so soon

    Your death hit me like a monsoon

    My best friend in the whole wide world

    What can I say, I was daddy’s little girl

    Until this day, I’m still angry

    You died on me, you left me hangin’!

    I think my life would be different if you were still here

    In my heart I still hold you near.

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